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Environmental drivers of spatial biodiversity patterns from genomes to communities

  • 11/7/2013 | 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM
  • Location: Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020
  • Event Type: Seminar

Environmental drivers of spatial biodiversity patterns from genomes to communitiesBiology Fall 2013 Honors Seminar

Jesse Lasky, Columbia University

Spatial variation in communities and populations is one of the oldest recognized, yet least understood patterns in biology (see von Humboldt & Bonpland 1805, at right). I am fascinated by the challenge to understand spatial variation in complex ecological systems, partly because predicting changes in biodiversity in response to environmental change can inform conservation planning. My interest in fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes has led me to study biology at the levels of communities and genomes. Though seemingly disparate, the two systems are mathematically similar in that they are highly multivariate, which challenges attempts to understand drivers of diversity. I study individual-scale processes with large data sets and advanced computational tools in order to make inferences about large-scale biodiversity patterns.